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Posted October 1st, 2021 | by The Red Headed Lawyer

Mediation is one of those topics that everyone has heard of, but most do not fully understand. In many industries, agreeing in advance to resolve disputes via mediation is mandatory. Although the mediation requirement depends on the court and local county rules where the case is pending, mediation has become required in most family law

Posted August 23rd, 2021 | by The Red Headed Lawyer

Divorce and Vaccinations – How to Agree if There’s No Agreement Believe it or not, August is here and kids are heading back to school. Unfortunately, so is COVID. Everywhere we turn there are new debates and mandates about the various COVID-19 vaccines. What began as a blessing and a choice is fast becoming a

Posted July 19th, 2021 | by The Red Headed Lawyer

One of the first bits of wisdom I ever received from my grandfather was “you get what you pay for.” He grew up during the depression and probably learned the hard way that you won’t get something for nothing – there’s always a cost built in somewhere. While we have all become skeptical of grandiose

Posted February 22nd, 2021 | by The Red Headed Lawyer

Anyone who has watched “Dateline” may already be familiar with the term “imputed income,” which in Texas is referred to as “deemed income.” These crime drama shows often feature someone (usually the husband) who is trying to avoid financial obligations to his or her children. But what is deemed income, and how does a court

Posted December 15th, 2020 | by The Red Headed Lawyer

We can all feel it – even though the holidays are upon us, it is understandable that travel stress and economic uncertainty have disrupted traditional celebrations. Zooms and Skypes can only replace a part of what we’re missing, but what can be done? I’ve never experienced anything like this either, but here are 10 ideas

Posted November 30th, 2020 | by The Red Headed Lawyer

When thinking about the law, one of the most important considerations is how legal decisions are made. Many times, courts are asked to rule about something that has already happened but has no supporting body of law (i.e. no precedents). Twenty-five years ago, social media was brand new and as it gained influence, there were